Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bleecker Street Records

After more than 20 years in business, Bleecker Street Records will be vanishing from Bleecker Street.



But it will be reappearing right around the corner, in a new space at 188 West 4th St., between Jones and Barrow.



Earlier this year we heard they might be shuttering, maybe vanishing for good. Reported 1010 WINS: "the store will probably close in April, because the new landlord plans to jack up the rent to $27,000 a month. Chris Simunek believes that trend is running the Village. 'It’s absurd,' he said. 'You know, what’s going to go in there is a Starbucks or something, or just something that we already have plenty of.'"

More likely, it will be a frozen yogurt shop or candy store for adults--more of those are opening on Bleecker every day, as the street completes its total transformation into a cultural dead zone. (Bleecker Bob's has not been resurrected.)



Let's hope the record shop's new landlord lets them keep Skuzzball and Creeper, the store's ginormous cats, one of whom graces their T-shirt--which, by the way, is currently available in a very cool purple on black.

This is your last chance to buy the Bleecker Street Records shirt while it's still on Bleecker Street.








10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great news but just to clarify it hasnt been on bleecker for many years. It moved to west third street.32

James C. Taylor said...

Give me a fucking break.

sallieparker said...

Oh no! It's the Orchidia all over again! (Whatever happened to Steve's Ice Cream anyway? If you're going to put a semi-landmark shop out of business, at least have the decency to stick around yourself for a decade or two.)

Anonymous said...

The first commenter is confusing this store with Bleecker Bob's. This is a completely different store.

Jeremiah Moss said...

and thanks Grand St. for your comment that sent me to the sign, though it was not for Bleecker Bob's.

Grand St. said...

Yer welcome and sorry for the goof. Guess I convinced myself I'd read something else as I walked away. Perhaps a subconscious desire to see a vanished thing return?

Jeremiah Moss said...

yes, wishful thinking!

Anonymous said...

Bleecker Records may have been at 239 Bleecker Street for 20 years, but previously it was a record store as well, but I don't recall the name. The records in the bins were only the sleeve covers, and you brought it to the big counter in the back where a clerk would bring you the record that was cataloged in a green sleeve. They sold new and used. They had a pretty good selection of everything.

Manos said...

The previous record store was Golden Disc records. The current sign is a retread of Golden Disc's sign.

Anonymous said...

A village institution, glad they found a new place, better prices than Bobs, which was called Bleeckers but existed on third st.